Thursday, 30 July 2015
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he has not pressed vice-captain Scott Selwood about his contract, but remains hopeful he will be at the Eagles next season.
"He's a best and fairest winner, he's our vice-captain and he's an important part of our side," Simpson said.
"We've had conversations, but nothing too deep. To be honest it's been more about form and his body.
"He'll make that [contract] decision when he needs to, and I'll let you know when he does."
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Fraser McInnes appears set to miss the rest of the season after badly damaging his hamstring in the WAFL on the weekend.
"We're getting it assessed at the moment with the surgeon, with possible surgery to follow," Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"So we'll know more about that in the next few days, but it's looking like a longish-term injury at this stage."
Thursday, 23 July 2015
West Coast elevate rookie Murray Newman to its senior list after placing key defender Mitch Brown on the long-term injury list.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Liam Duggan will miss the rest of the year after injuring the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the WAFL on the weekend.
Duggan suffered a knock to the knee in a marking contest during the first term of East Perth's win over Perth.
Scans have confirmed damage to the PCL and Eagles' general manager of football Craig Vozzo said that the Eagles are likely to rest Duggan for the remainder of the season rather than push him to return for a potential finals campaign.
"It's very disappointing for Liam and the football club," Vozzo said.
"He's had a terrific first year to date. Liam is going to be a pretty important part of our football club moving forward, so we're not keen to take too much risk with it, which probably means his season is over."
Monday, 20 July 2015
Tom Barrass is in line to make his AFL debut against the Sydney Swans this week as the Eagles search for a defensive replacement for Jeremy McGovern.
McGovern injured his left hamstring during West Coast's 31-point win over Collingwood at Etihad Stadium.
"He reads the flight of the footy really well," Eagles teammate Mark LeCras said of Barrass.
"I think he has been training a fair bit with 'Gov', (learning) the way he sort of plays and he has been able to play a bit like that at East Perth.
"He has grown in confidence this year and I am sure that if he did come into the side, he would be able to play the role fine."
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Gaff is set to play his 100th game this week against Collingwood at Etihad Stadium. It will also be his 94th consecutive match, the best active streak in the League following Drew Petrie's suspension this week.
The 23-year-old is in the form of his life. He's averaging 29 disposals this year and sits equal third behind Nat Fyfe and Dan Hannebery in the AFL Coaches' Association award after 15 rounds.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson said last week that Gaff was almost impossible to tag right now.
Gaff credited Eagles assistant coach Brady Rawlings with teaching him how to work through any attention he receives from opposition midifelders.
"Playing as a tagger himself, he's given me a lot of feedback and a lot of advice to cope around that stuff," Gaff said.
"Because no doubt in my first couple of years I struggled to get over it and it was tough to get around."
Monday, 13 July 2015
Dom Sheed has become the first Eagle since 2011 to earn a NAB Rising Star nomination following a strong performance against Adelaide in round 15.
Sheed gathered 26 disposals and kicked a goal in the Eagles' 56-point win over the Crows.
Sheed, 20, has averaged 24 disposals and a goal across the past three weeks. In just his second season, Sheed said his physical development over the past two years had given him the ability to stay in games for longer.
"I think I'm not getting worn out as much as my first year," Sheed said.
"I think I've just built up more stamina and strength so I can play out games a bit better.
"One of my goals was to get stronger so I can win more contested footy and play my role.
"And I've done that so I think that's why I can last for longer in games at the moment."
Eric Mackenzie is back running after his knee reconstruction and expects to be in full training at the start of pre-season in December.
"It was probably one of the worst runs I've ever done, but it felt good," Mackenzie said.
"It's now about getting the confidence back. I've been able to build the strength in the gym, so I've got that. I know it's going to be strong enough. It's just a matter of trusting it again.
"Getting through that first session, it's a huge tick, a big milestone. That's what this whole year is about, just reaching each milestone as it comes.
"Day one pre-season I should be in the majority of training … I should be good to go from about December."
Monday, 29 June 2015
Guy McKenna says he was unaware of any alleged illicit drug use during his time as Gold Coast coach, revealing he was only recently made aware of one player's discontent with standards at the club.
"I lived through all that West Coast business as well, as a player, as a teammate, as a captain and as an assistant coach and unaware with that situation," McKenna said.
"So as the coach of the Gold Coast Suns if there was anything going on, I'm sure I would've heard of it from other people at the club but I clearly didn't."
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Daniel Kerr admits he dabbled in illicit drugs during his career at West Coast but denies there was a deep-seated issue with drugs at the club during his time there.
"I was quite surprised when I spoke to the guys behind stage today of the perception that there was a huge group of West Coast Eagles players doing that kind of thing, which wasn't the case at all," Kerr said.
"I openly admit that I was no angel. During my career drugs was never an issue, was never a problem.
"I would get too many beers in me and find myself doing the wrong thing but not overly often during the season.
"My (problem) was drinking too many beers. After a few drinks, everything kind of led down that path."
Monday, 22 June 2015
James Hird has defended his decision to take an overseas break during Essendon's bye round last week, saying he doesn't understand what the fuss is about.
Hird flew to Europe on approved leave following the Bombers' round-11 loss to West Coast and spent the week abroad to finish his business administration course at the world-renowned INSEAD business school.
"It was all approved leave, just some personal development overseas," Hird said.
"(I missed) one training session on Saturday, I'm not sure what the big deal is."
Monday, 15 June 2015
Mick Malthouse says he was "absolutely shocked" to discover troubled ex-AFL star Ben Cousins started taking drugs while he was coaching him at West Coast.
"I was probably as naive as anyone, because even when I've come over here to coach Collingwood and then they said about Ben Cousins, I was first of all absolutely shocked. Totally shocked," Malthouse told SEN radio.
"And then when he did his interview and said, `I started dabbling in 1996 or `97', or whenever it was.
"I thought, `I was coaching then. I didn't know that. Why didn't I know that? I don't know whether all the players knew that. And if they did know that, no one was talking'."
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Mitch Brown says he is keeping his spirits up after suffering a season-ending knee injury in round one.
"Initially I had a little cry in the change rooms, but I moved on pretty quick and I've kept pretty positive," Brown said.
"I'd be stupid to think I won't have my ups and downs. I've had some downs, some low moments in the last 11 weeks.
"But I'm keeping positive. My rehab is going well and I've just got off crutches. Actually walking around is a big milestone for me, and it just makes a lot of things easier. So my wellness levels are right up now."
Saturday, 6 June 2015
Josh Kennedy will play his 150th game this week at Blundstone Arena in Hobart against North Melbourne.
The 27-year-old is currently six goals clear in the race for the Coleman Medal after kicking 37 majors in the first nine rounds.
Eagles ruck coach Dean Cox says Kennedy is one of the most dangerous forwards in the league.
"I think he's up there with the best forwards," Cox said.
"I think if he's not the most dominant forward in the comp, he's certainly second."
Callum Sinclair has credited Eagles' ruck coach Dean Cox with helping him fast-track his development.
"It's been a big emphasis on body-work, body technique, things like that," Sinclair said.
"When you're coming up against guys who are 110kg every week, it's not the easiest job.
"But with (Cox's) level of experience he knows the game inside-out, particularly as a ruckman, so I just try and draw as much knowledge as I can from him."
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Patrick McGinnity is set to miss up to six weeks after fracturing his wrist in the WAFL.
"Pat had a terrific game at East Perth yesterday but late in the game copped a knock on the wrist that has led to fracture," Eagles' general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
"So it's probably four to six weeks as he recovers, but we've avoided surgery."
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Nic naitanui has promised teammate Callum Sinclair the prize for mark of the year if he wins for his spectacular grab during West Coast's victory over Geelong on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles star launched himself onto the shoulders of his 200cm ruck partner to take a mark of the year contender in the last quarter.
Naitanui slotted the set shot from a tough angle to push to margin to a comfortable 32 points after his teammates had kicked poorly for goal all afternoon.
Sinclair told AFL.com.au that Naitanui promised him a reward for the ride.
"He's promised me the (prize) if he wins it this year," Sinclair said.
"I was actually pretty dirty. I thought he was going to hold out and let me have a crack one-on-one but I soon found out that that wasn't the case.
"Hopefully he wins it this year. That'll help me out.
"I thought he dropped it actually, on the way down. I'm happy for him."
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Now in the final year of his contract with the Eagles, Josh Hill says he will work hard to ensure that he remains at the club next year.
"Just knowing it's there, I want to play as much footy as possible," Hill said.
"This is my last year (on contract) and I want to try and make an impact and build from that and show the club that I'm keen to stay and do whatever it takes."
Monday, 25 May 2015
John Worsfold has vowed to relinquish his duties as chairman of the AFL Coaches Association (AFLCA) if he decides to challenge for a senior coaching role.
"May I assure you all, I am not seeking a senior coaching position and I don't know if I ever will be in a position to consider taking on this breathtaking and challenging role at any stage in the future," Worsfold said in a letter penned to all League coaches last week to clarify his position.
"But who knows? Maybe I will reach that point, one day, of believing I again have the energy for the opportunity. I bet 'Rocket' (Eade) never thought he would.
"I have discussed the issue with 'Sticks' (AFLCA CEO Mark Brayshaw) over two weeks ago and categorically explained to him that I would resign immediately from my position as chairman of the AFLCA if I considered seeking a senior coaching position or any club position."
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Luke Shuey has copped criticism for his knack of drawing free kicks for high tackles but says the umpires doing a good job protecting players who stay low.
"Ever since I was a kid, I've learnt that when you get the ball, you stay low (because) you're harder to tackle," Shuey said.
"Most midfielders probably get taught that growing up. I think the way the game's played these days, you really have to look after players."
Luke Shuey says Eagles teammate Nic Naitanui has copped unwarranted criticism in the past and is finally showing his value as a ruckman for West Coast.
"His ruck work is the best it's been in a long time, probably ever. So I'm just happy I'm roving to him," Shuey said of Naitanui.
"I think outside people probably judged him a bit unfairly. He has had a shocking run with his body. He hardly got any minutes into him over pre-seasons for a number of years.
"He finally had a good run at it this year and he's fit and up and going, which makes our job a hell of a lot easier."
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Dom Sheed will be sidelined for a week or two with a fractured hand.
"We've been really pleased with his progression," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said of Sheed.
"Every week I see something extra that he does in the game.
"But unfortunately he's got a sore hand and can't play but he's definitely not out of the side because of form."
Sunday, 17 May 2015
Nic Naitanui hears the constant criticism about his lack of marks but he says he is more worried about his ruck work.
"I think the thing I hear the most is, 'when is Nic Nat going to take another mark?'" Naitanui said.
"That's probably the biggest one. But, for myself, I play different to other ruckmen. So for me it's the follow-up stuff, the tackling, and hit-outs to advantage is something I really take pride in.
"As long as I give first use to boys like Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey, and Chris Masten, those sort of guys, I'm pretty happy that I'm contributing to the team."
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Liam Duggan says starting in the WAFL and then playing his first three AFL games as the substitute has really helped him adjust to the pace of the AFL.
"I think the first few games at WAFL level and even playing as a sub for my first three games has really helped me sort of get a taste for what it was like, especially for a full game at AFL level," Duggan said.
"The process that we took to get me to the AFL has been really good. I enjoyed playing at East Perth and obviously will enjoy playing there if I'm going back. But I think it was a nice process and lead-up and I got a good taste for it at each level."
A frustrated Josh Kennedy was subbed out of the win over Gold Coast to manage his injured elbow.
Kennedy was unhappy with the decision, raising his arms towards the coach's box as he ran to the bench to receive the red vest.
"To get full recovery he needs to get through four-to-six weeks. We've just got to make sure when we see an opportunity to give him a break, we take it," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"It was a good suggestion from our medical staff. He wasn't too pleased, but I think we get a fresh JK next week."
Friday, 15 May 2015
Sharrod Wellingham has been rejuvenated by a move to defence this season.
"He's brought another dimension with our rebound and how we defend," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"He's working well with our backs. He's playing his role, it's a different role but he's adapted to it.
"He is a player that can play in various positions. At the moment he's complying to what we want to do off the ball and he's contributing with the ball. So we've been happy with his form."
Monday, 11 May 2015
Ben Cousins has appeared in a Perth court over a bizarre incident in Perth's south-eastern suburbs.
The former West Coast captain is charged with causing property damage and trespassing related to his odd behaviour in Canning Vale in March, including climbing onto the roof of a two-storey house.
Cousins, 36, was earlier seen driving erratically and taking photographs of a Sikh temple.
He was hospitalised for a mental health assessment after the incident.
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Josh Kennedy has avoided elbow surgery and has been named to face Port Adelaide on Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Oval.
"It's all good, (I) trained through," Kennedy said.
"It all went well today but if it pulls up sore tomorrow then I can't play.
"I don't need (an operation). I don't know where that's come from. It's blown out of control."
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Josh Kennedy is awaiting the result of scans to determine if he has a long-term injury with his elbow.
"It's a complex injury," Eagles general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
"So we're going through the assessment phase at the moment. We're still hopeful that we may have avoided a long-term problem but we'll know in the next day or so exactly where that's heading and we certainly haven't ruled him out for the weekend."
Sunday, 26 April 2015
After waiting four years to make his senior debut, West Coast big man Fraser McInnes says he wouldn't have had it any other way.
McInnes was drafted with pick No.28 in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft, but racked up 62 WAFL games with Perth and East Perth, and seven pre-season matches with West Coast, before finally cracking the big time.
He gathered 15 touches, pulled down eight marks and kicked a goal on debut in the Eagles' 53-point win against Brisbane.
"It was definitely worth the wait," he said.
"It was a journey for me getting there. I took my time to play my first game but I've loved my time at the club so I wouldn't have had it any other way.
"It was a great experience, great to have a win. It was a really proud moment."
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Josh Kennedy will make a late dash to Perth on Friday ahead of Saturday's clash with Fremantle after remaining in Sydney for the birth of his first child.
Kennedy did not travel with the team on Wednesday and was absent from the Swans' training session at Domain Stadium on Thursday.
Swans coach John Longmire confirmed that midfielder would be travelling on Friday morning.
"He's coming across, he'll be playing," Longmire said.
"(Partner) Ana was fine, baby's fine. He'll be coming across first thing in the morning. It was his first, a boy.
"It's great everyone's healthy, which is the main thing."
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Tom Lamb will miss two months with a knee injury after succumbing to some ongoing knee soreness after playing in the WAFL.
"Tommy has had long-standing knee soreness that's required some very minor surgery," Eagles physiotherapist Paul Tucker said.
"So he's had that done today. We would expect Tommy to be back playing in roughly eight or nine weeks time."
Monday, 20 April 2015
Nic Naitanui is allegedly the subject of racial abuse from a fan during West Coast's round 3 Derby loss to Fremantle.
A spokesman for Domain Stadium confirmed that a fan had made a formal complaint to security staff alleging a member of the crowd had racially vilified Naitanui during the match.
Security staff attended the scene but the patron could not identify exactly where the comment came from.
The security staff remained on the scene for an extended period of time but no further racial comments were heard.
Domain Stadium stated it was unable to pursue the matter any further unless more evidence came to light.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Mitch Brown will have another traditional knee reconstruction that will require a 12-month rehabilitation.
The club had to delay a decision on what type of surgery Brown would have until the swelling in his left knee subsided from the injury he suffered in round one against the Western Bulldogs.
The Eagles confirmed that Brown would have a traditional reconstruction rather than the LARS surgery, which has a shorter recovery time.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Scott Selwood is ruled out for four to six weeks with an ankle injury.
"It's a pretty big blow," Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui said.
"He's obviously one of the leaders of the club. He does play a massive role in the midfield for us."
Friday, 10 April 2015
A Josh Kennedy masterclass has seen West Coast open its 2015 account in emphatic style, the spearhead kicking 10 goals as the Eagles steamrolled Carlton by 69 points at Domain Stadium on Friday night.
"He's put on some size," Simpson said about Kennedy after the game.
"He looks stronger for longer now in games. He didn't come off today, and in the last minute he was trying to chase down small defenders.
"I'm not surprised. I'm happy he's kicked 10. But I don't expect him to kick 10 every week."
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Liam Duggan is selected to make his AFL debut in the Eagles' round 2 clash against Carlton at Patersons Stadium.
"He's been pretty consistent at WAFL level for an 18-year-old, and he got tagged on the weekend. We think there's an opportunity for him to play, and we'll see how he goes," West Coast coach Adam Simpson.
"There's a bit of a class about him. Obviously there's some years to come and development to go through, but he's playing like a man at the moment."
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Murray Newman is set to miss the next two months after dislocating a tendon in his right thumb in the WAFL.
Newman suffered the injury in the opening term of East Perth's win over Subiaco on Good Friday.
The 21-year-old continued playing and finished with four goals for the afternoon, but scans revealed a dislocated tendon that could take eight weeks to heal.
An arrest warrant has been issued for disgraced AFL premiership player Ben Cousins after he failed to appear in a Perth court on traffic offences.
Cousins, 36, had been on bail and was due to face Fremantle Magistrates Court on Wednesday but did not show up.
His lawyer Aidan Kraus claimed the former West Coast Eagles captain had conflicting medical appointments.
Magistrate Steven Malley ordered that Cousins must produce written evidence of his medical appointments before 4pm Perth time or an arrest warrant would be issued.
Kraus said he had seen a photograph of the document but the court still required a hard copy.
He told AAP the document was submitted later to the court but the magistrate rejected it.
Just before 4pm, a spokeswoman confirmed that an arrest warrant had been issued.
Sergeant Simon Baxter told Fairfax radio that police were now looking for Cousins and he could spend the night in police lock-up if he is arrested on Wednesday evening.
"The best thing for him is to hand himself in," Sgt Baxter said.
Sunday, 5 April 2015
Mitch Brown will miss the rest of the 2015 season after scans confirm a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Saturday, 4 April 2015
Mitch Brown appears to have suffered another serious knee injury after going down during the Eagles' season-opener against the Western Bulldogs.
Midway through the first quarter at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, Brown was involved in a seemingly innocuous marking contest when his left knee appeared to give way.
Play was held up for several minutes as Brown was assessed by trainers and taken from the field on a stretcher.
Thursday, 2 April 2015
West Coast draftees Tom Lamb and Jackson Nelson will make their AFL debuts against the Western Bulldogs in the Eagles' 2015 season opener.
"Lamby's exciting, he's going to be a very good player," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"He's showed some signs at the moment he can match it at AFL standard.
"You still don't quite know what you're going to get, which is exciting in itself.
"Whereas Jackson is a reliable, tough defender that can use the ball well, with a real defence-first attitude.
"We need that in our side. He'll play down back, and Lamby will play up forward.
"We're not going to put too much pressure on the two boys. An opportunity to play seniors in round one is great, but it doesn't mean they'll play every game or they'll slip straight into our team for the whole year."
Saturday, 28 March 2015
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says draftees Liam Duggan, Tom Lamb and Jackson Nelson could all make their AFL debuts in the first month of the season.
"We haven't made a decision (about round one), but they'll play senior football at some stage," Simpson said.
"Whether it's round one, that's not the be all and end all. But the fact is that both of those kids (Lamb and Nelson) have played every game of the pre-season.
"Liam Duggan performed well at East Perth on the weekend. So we can see at least three potential first-gamers in the next month or so, safe to say."
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Eagles captain Shannon Hurn expects Sharrod Wellingham to perform in 2015 after two underwhelming seasons at the club.
"He's matured more as a player and he understands what he has to do off the field but also on the field to become a better player," Hurn said.
"So I think he's been able to do that. And now it's just about putting the results on the footy field."
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Eagles captain Shannon Hurn says troubled former players Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr are an important part of his club's history, but that it is time to move on.
"While they're part of our history, at the moment we're here trying to play footy and trying to win games," Hurn said.
"That's our main focus. But we certainly wish them all the best and hopefully they can get back to living a normal life."
Former West Coast coach, and current Carlton coach, Mick Malthouse says Ben Cousins should no longer be considered a hero to footy fans.
"Ben is not a hero anymore," Malthouse told radio FIVEaa radio.
"Make no mistake, he was a hero when he started playing.
"I am mortified that I was there (coaching in the AFL) in 2008, '09, '10, to think that he was on those drugs – I am mortified.
"That's total naivety or he certainly hid it from me."
Friday, 13 March 2015
Scott Selwood makes a surprise playing return on Friday night, lining up for East Perth in a WAFL pre-season match against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Ben Cousins has been arrested after an alleged police pursuit in Perth.
A 36-year-old man, believed to be Cousins, has been charged with reckless driving, failing to stop and failing to comply with a breath analysis request.
WA police attempted to pull over an erratic driver on Preston Point Road in the Perth suburb of Bicton around 10.30pm on Wednesday night.
After failing to stop, the driver was arrested on the corner of Gill and Solomon Streets in Mosman Park.
WA police confirmed the driver would appear in Fremantle Magistrates Court on April 8.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Eric Mackenzie will have a traditional knee reconstruction next week as he begins the long road to recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
West Coast's reigning best-and-fairest ruptured the ACL in his right knee during the Eagles' 31-point win over Carlton in the NAB Challenge.
Mackenzie said he initially thought he had copped a knock to the knee, when in reality his knee had buckled without contact.
It wasn't until the physio started to test his knee that he feared the worst.
"Immediately I just thought it was a knock on the knee, a bit of soreness that would go away pretty quickly," Mackenzie said.
"I managed to get up, and I started jogging off towards the end of it so I thought I'd be right to come back on.
"It's only when the physio started doing the tests – I know what the ACL test is – they weren't happy with the results so they took me down to the rooms.
"I've just done this pre-season for nothing – it's going to be a long year ahead."
Monday, 2 March 2015
Callum Sinclair is set to miss at least a month of football after fracturing his thumb during the Eagles' 31-point win over Carlton in their NAB Challenge clash in Mandurah.
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Coast has been dealt a serious blow ahead of the home and away season after scans confirmed defender Eric Mackenzie will need a knee reconstruction.
The 26-year-old tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in the Eagles' NAB Challenge win over Carlton on Friday night, after falling to the ground in an innocuous marking contest.
Friday, 27 February 2015
Adam Simpson says he learnt one major lesson about senior coaching from his first season at West Coast, and that is that you have to be yourself.
"You do sometimes fall into the trap in your early days of asking yourself, 'what would he do' and 'what would that coach do' and 'how would I go about that'," he said.
"But what I've learnt mostly is you've got to back yourself in."
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Nic Naitanui has been held out of Friday night's NAB Challenge due to back soreness, but the West Coast hierarchy believe the injury is only minor.
"We're hopeful it's a minor setback and he'll be fine for the next game. It's precaution more than anything," Eagles assistant coach Don Pyke said.
"He was a little bit disappointed when he found out he wasn't going to be playing because he's done a lot of work this pre-season and is in really good shape."
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Levi Greenwood says a big reason for moving from the Kangaroos to Collingwood was his search for greater security in his place within the team.
"I always thought – when I was playing under (North Melbourne coach) Brad (Scott) – there were always going to be a couple of [poor] games and I might have been in a bit of trouble in the team," Greenwood said.
"That was half the reason as to why I left because I thought there was more opportunity at the Collingwood Football Club. Whereas at North they went pretty deep and they had a few stocks there and I was always the one sitting on the edge."
Thursday, 19 February 2015
As the only Eagle to represent the Indigenous All Stars in their clash against West Coast, Josh Hill says he doesn't expect his Eagles teammates to go easy on him.
"I don't think they'll be holding back against me," Hill said.
"I saw the boys this morning. I copped a bit of slack, a bit of lip from the boys. I'm looking forward to it."
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Beau Waters confirms his retirement after a series of injuries, with the latest being a bump at training that further damaged the shoulder that has troubled him for the past 18 months.
"Monday last week, I just went to grab a ball and got hit in a certain direction that jeopardised the integrity of the shoulder," Waters said.
"From them on, it got progressively worse to the point where I was struggling to get through skills sessions.
"After being so bullish during the pre-season, I was probably a little bit deluded by the fact I hadn't received any contact over that period."
The veteran defender said he came to the conclusion without any emotion.
"I think the emotions were just clear cut that it's time to move on and move away from the industry," Waters said.
"I woke up knowing I wasn't going to be able to contribute to the team. I always prided myself on having pretty good self-awareness.
"And as soon as I knew that my impact on field was going to be limited, and my value to the team is also limited - it was quite a matter of fact to be honest."
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Jack Darling has not trained at all this pre-season and is likely to miss West Coast's season opener against the Western Bulldogs.
"He hasn't really kicked a ball since round 23 last year. He's having a massively interrupted pre-season," Simpson said.
"I don't know how long it takes him once he's up and running to get his feel and his touch and game sense. That's an unknown.
"I think we're lucky in the sense that his skinfolds are 35. He's an elite athlete. But he just hasn't had a run at it."
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Mitch Brown says he is thankful the Eagles persuaded him to stay in Perth after he requested a trade to St Kilda in 2012.
"I'm really grateful that I was able to stay, that they convinced me to stay, and now that we've got (West Coast coach) Adam Simpson," Brown said.
"Since 'Simmo' has come on board I've really enjoyed my football.
"The last couple of years I've developed some consistency in my game and now I just want to get better individually."
Scott Lycett says the competition for a spot in the Eagles' starting 22 has driven him to his best pre-season to date.
"I think I've missed three drills all pre-season. Hopefully that can make me a better player going into the 2015 season," Lycett said.
"It's been a healthy competition. I think if I didn't have competition I wouldn't be a better player.
"I'm going to give my best to keep [Callum Sinclair] out of the side and hold that spot."
Monday, 9 February 2015
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Scott Selwood's decision to put his contract negotiations on hold is not a distraction for the team.
"He's an honest man and we believe the instructions he's given the club and we'll back him in to make the right decision. He's our vice captain and I'm not too concerned," Simpson said.
"My communication mainly with Scott is about getting him back to play. The rest of that stuff, his contract and those sorts of things, will take care of itself."
Beau Waters' long-awaited return to AFL football has been delayed further after West Coast coach Adam Simpson revealed the veteran was continuing to be plagued by shoulder issues.
"He's still continuing to work through his issues with his shoulder," Simpson said.
"He's by no means clear sailing. At the moment we're still working through his body and what he can put out and as we increase training levels of intensity it's what he can manage."
West Coast midfield coach Brady Rawlings says Sharrod Wellingham is set to show what he's capable of in 2015.
"This pre-season we've been able to train him a bit more as a midfielder since the Christmas break and he's coming along well," Rawlings said.
"We all know his talent. He's quite fit at the moment. He's strong, he's clean inside the contest and uses the ball really well.
"He's got a good attitude, and we're all looking forward to him playing games and showing us what he can do."
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Scott Selwood has deferred contract talks with West Coast so he can focus on overcoming the ankle injury that derailed his 2014 season.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Nic Naitanui has put his hand up to face the AFL Indigenous All Stars and the West Coast star wants to play as much of the NAB Challenge as possible.
"Our aim is to get through as much game time in as possible," Naitanui said.
"But I guess to a certain extent I have to be smart about it. The real reason we play is for round one and then on. However many games I need is what I look forward to."
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Corey Adamson knew the transition from professional baseball to professional football would be a challenge, but he didn't think an AFL pre-season would be as hard as it has been.
Adamson was an under-15 All Australian footballer and has loved the game since the age of five but six years of professional baseball in the United States left him unprepared for an AFL pre-season after being drafted as a rookie by West Coast.
"I'm loving the experience," Adamson said.
"But it's a whole lot of hard work. I got told it was going to be hard work, but I didn't think it was going to be like this. Just the amount of running we do every day is just completely different to anything I've ever done before really."
Eagles father-son prospect Jordan Matera has quit Brighton Grammar and will play next season solely with TAC Cup side Sandringham Dragons, in a bid to give himself the best shot at being drafted.
The son of Eagles great and 1992 Norm Smith medallist Peter was set to complete his year 12 studies this year.
Instead Matera has enrolled in an elite athlete course where he will study sports and business management and work out under the guidance of Vic Metro trainer Damien Villarosa.
The course means Matera will no longer have to split his time between school footy and the TAC Cup, which he hopes will help him play more consistent football for the Dragons.
"It means I won't be going back and forth with both clubs. I'll just be training with one club three times a week," Matera said.
"I think that might be a bit easier for me. Then if I don't make AFL I'll hopefully get into uni and start my career there."
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
After a season in 2014 that was below his expectations, Nic Naitanui says he's determined to silence his critics in 2015.
"I can't wait. We've done a fair bit of running this summer and I've never looked forward to round one more than this year," Naitanui said.
"Obviously last year (I was) a bit hampered and (wasn't) able to perform as well as I wanted to. This year I've got a bit of a point to prove."
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Jack Darling has been cleared to ramp up his rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his foot.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Daniel Kerr appears in Perth Magistrates Court where he pled not guilty to two counts of endangering the life, health or safety of a person after an alleged incident at a Glendalough home in November of 2014.
Callum Sinclair and Elliot Yeo made successful returns to training on Monday following significant hand injuries.
Both players participated fully in the lengthy match simulation session at Patersons Stadium.
Sunday, 11 January 2015
After suffering a stress fracture in his foot in round 23 last year, Jack Darling's injury continues to plague his pre-season. He spent six weeks in a moon boot before Christmas and was only walking laps at training.
"He'll get a scan in the next couple of weeks to get the all clear to go to the next level," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"We're just being really cautious. We want the bone to heal in the foot as best we can and you can only go by the scans."
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
West Coast vice-captain Josh Kennedy put his own leadership ambitions to one side when he voted for teammate Shannon Hurn to take the top job.
"It was great to see 'Bunga' get it," Kennedy said.
"I voted for him. He's a terrific player and a terrific leader. His knowledge of the game is above a lot of us. The way he communicates with all the boys is fantastic. He's going to be a fantastic leader."
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Callum Sinclair will have surgery on his finger after suffering a compound fracture at training.
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Shannon Hurn is named West Coast captain for 2015, becoming the 10th skipper in the club's history.
"It's just a great honour," Hurn said.
"I think we have a great bunch of players at the club, so I think it will be fantastic to lead them."
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Kane Lucas says he hasn't spoken to Carlton coach Mick Malthouse since he was delisted and he is hoping to "have a good crack" against the Blues for his new club West Coast in 2015.
"I was a bit the same as Brock McLean, I didn't really get a phone call from the coach Mick," Lucas said.
"But the CEO rang me while I was in Bali on a family holiday, so that was a bit of a dampener.
"But footy is a pretty tough business. I just got a call from Andrew McKay, and just said 'Thanks for the five years service and everything you've done'.
"I think we've got them (in round one of the NAB Challenge) and then round two of the AFL season. So best-case scenario, hopefully I'm lining up against them and having a good crack against them. It will be interesting but we'll see what happens."
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
After being delisted by Carlton, Kane Lucas has been handed a lifeline after being picked up by West Coast at the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"The addition of Kane complements the group of players we secured through the National Draft," general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
We drafted five 18-year-olds in the National Draft and we felt we needed to add a mature player to our squad as well.
"Kane is a 23-year-old who has played 42 games at the level and he also has good pace. Given a second opportunity in his home town, we believe he can flourish in that environment."
West Coast select Corey Adamson with pick No.28 at the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"We know Corey, we know his ability and while he hasn't played football for six years we believe he can re-acclimatise and make the adjustment," general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
"While he has not been in the football system, he has been entrenched in a professional environment and has shown his commitment to play at a high level, which, coupled with his achievements as a junior footballer, made the decision easy for us."
West Coast select Paddy Brophy with pick No.45 at the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"I first met with Paddy in London in 2013 when he played for the European Legion against the AFL Academy, he showed some raw talent in that game and looked to have some great attributes to work with," general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
"I was impressed with his enthusiasm for the contest and the way he maintained his work rate, despite having played a game of Gaelic football for his county just two days before."
Monday, 1 December 2014
West Coast recruit Damien Cavka says being picked at No.66 will serve as an incentive to prove himself at AFL level.
"It's a motivating factor going that late to try and prove others wrong, and really repay the faith the Eagles have shown in giving me the opportunity," Cavka said.
"I will be trying to work as hard as I can to prove myself and become a part of the team."
Cavka says he will be watching senior Eagles plays such as Matthew Priddis and Scott Selwood in his first pre-season.
"I'm watching what they do, and trying to replicate what they do to a tee," he said.
"They are a couple of people that aren't too bad to look up to and follow in their footsteps, which is what I am trying to do."
Crows draftee Mitch McGovern hopes to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Jeremy McGovern, who made his debut in 2014 for West Coast this year, playing 13 games.
"Just seeing the path that Jeremy has taken, it's helped me a lot," McGovern said.
"I know what to expect now and it just makes the AFL environment a lot more comfortable.
"Jeremy has always just said to be myself; don't try to change who you are and always just try your best in everything."
Thursday, 27 November 2014
West Coast select Liam Duggan with pick No.11 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"He's a player we've liked from afar for a long time," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
"We think he's a terrifically skilled player, he's got a wonderful character, is a good leader and can play in a few roles.
He may start more as a wingman type player and then move through the midfield. We're really thrilled to get him."
West Coast select Tom Lamb with pick No.32 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"He's a guy that's been through the academy, has wonderful athletic attributes, works really hard and is a terrific trainer and we think he has a massive upside," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
"He's a very versatile player, can play at either end of the ground and should be able to play around the wing and in the midfield so we're really pleased to get Tom as well."
West Coast select Jackson Nelson with pick No.51 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"He has a bit of versatility, half-back to midfield, is a really good user of the footy, reads the game well, kicks well both sides of his body and defends well so we thought it was a nice bonus for Jackson to be there," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
West Coast select Damien Cavka with pick No.66 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"We've got a really elite runner here," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
"He's probably suited to a few different roles because of the amount of ground that he covers.
"He runs around a 16-beep [test]. He had a great finals series where he kicked goals and got a lot of the footy.
"Unfortunately he's had a few little niggles here and there but he's already at an elite level with his running so he won't have to improve much in that area."
West Coast select Alec Waterman with pick No.76 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"Alec has been a bit of a bonus," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
"We thought during the year that the price we would have to pay for Alec may be a little bit more than what it was, albeit understanding it's hard for clubs to commit in the middle rounds of the draft so to get him where we did was terrific.
"We think he's played well on a wing, he's been very good through the midfield and being a young club, to get father-sons is terrific for the tradition and future."
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Daniel Kerr has had his bail conditions altered so he can attend two weddings, while he waits for a court to deal with his violence charges.
The former midfielder appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday dressed in a suit - in contrast to his dishevelled appearance last time he was in court - with his mother, Roxanne, by his side.
The magistrate agreed to waive Kerr's curfew so he could attend both events and allow him to stay at a different address than that stated in his bail conditions for the wedding in Dunsborough.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Matt Priddis says he will be a one-club player after signing a new deal with West Coast.
"[The contract] means I'm going to be a one-club player with the club that gave me an opportunity that I was so grateful for," Priddis said.
"I was pretty desperate to get on an AFL list, and this takes me to 11 years at the footy club, which is something I'm very proud of."
Luke Shuey extends his contract with the Eagles until the end of 2018.
"I think we've had our opportunities over the last three or four years and we've probably under-delivered, so I think we owe the footy club some success," Shuey said.
"We've got the right squad for it, and as players, I think we all need to go to another level for that to happen."
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
West Coast adds Elliot Yeo to its lengthy medical list after the utility suffered a setback with his broken hand at training last week.
Yeo underwent a fresh bout of surgery on Wednesday on the hand he broke during the Eagles' round 13 clash against Gold Coast.
After being delisted by Carlton, Kane Lucas has had a medical examination at West Coast and looks set to resurrect his AFL career in his home state via the upcoming NAB AFL Draft.
Monday, 17 November 2014
Tom Nicholls says he hopes to model his game after West Coast's Dean Cox after watching hours of game footage.
"He showed me how much he runs and how much reward he gets for that running," Nicholls said about Cox.
"When you play you know when you're jogging and saving your tickets, but with him there's not too many opportunities where you get that with him.
"He's always on the move, running hard and never flat-footed, never walking. That's something I'll be looking to implement this year."
West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits he's nervous about star ruckman Nic Naitanui playing in Saturday night's Virgin Australia International Rules Test against Ireland.
The club was happy for Naitanui to play in the one-off Test at Patersons Stadium but the Eagles coach admits he's crossing his fingers his star ruckman gets through the game unscathed.
"We have embraced the game, but having said that he is a West Coast Eagles player and we wouldn't put him at risk if we didn't have to," Simpson said.
"He has come back (to training) early, he's done the work. He's trained the last two weeks and he is in a good position.
"But if he is sore or if he is showing signs that he can't contribute, then he won't play. So we won't take any risks. But at the moment he's feeling really good."
Daniel Kerr has been released from Perth's maximum security Hakea prison after his parents reportedly posted the $5000 bail on Sunday night.
The 31-year-old spent five days behind bars.
He has been charged with two counts of endangering the life, health or safety of a person last week following an alleged dispute in the Perth suburb of Glendalough last Tuesday at 11pm AWST.
A Perth Magistrate granted Kerr bail on Wednesday under a number of conditions, including a 12-hour a day (7pm to 7am) curfew.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Daniel Kerr spent Wednesday night in Perth's maximum security Hakea prison after being charged with two counts of endangering life, health or safety of a person.
Kerr remained in custody on Thursday morning after failing to secure a signature for $5000 surety.
It's understood authorities do not require an actual payment of funds, just a guarantee the money will be paid if Kerr fails to meet his bail conditions.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Former Eagle Daniel Kerr has been released on bail after being charged over an incident in Perth.
Kerr was charged with two counts of endangering life, health or safety of a person after an alleged dispute in the Perth suburb of Glendalough.
"The West Coast Eagles are disappointed and saddened at news of Daniel Kerr's recent arrest," a statement from the Eagles said.
"We will continue to support Daniel, who was an outstanding player for this club, to get the help he needs to recover from this situation and to get his life back on track.
"As this matter is now in the hands of police, the club has no further comment to make."
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says troubled rookie Murray Newman will start with a clean slate this pre-season.
"I've seen nothing but good things with Murray from my first day here last year when I was asked the same question on how he trained and prepared. That hasn't changed at all since I've been here," Simpson said.
"He's trained every day since the boys left (in September). Every time I've been at the club, he's been there training."
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Taylor Hunt will train with St Kilda next week in a bid to revive his AFL career.
The Saints have joined Richmond and West Coast among the clubs most likely to hand him a second chance.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett says Collingwood is entitled to ask for compensation from Gold Coast for the loss of its football director Rodney Eade.
"I think Eddie has got every right to ask for compensation," Nisbett said.
"It's not a new concept. It happens in the NFL. In fact they trade draft picks for coaches.
"It's something that's got to be on the agenda and I think Eddie is floating it because it's a concept that needs to be explored and the reason Eddie would float it is that he then has to go and find someone.
"He has to spend a lot of money using a search company who will go and find someone who can replace someone of the calibre of Rodney Eade and Rodney Eade's don't come around every week. Someone with his standing within the football fraternity is really difficult to replace."
Thursday, 23 October 2014
West Coast has delisted young defenders Adam Carter and Blayne Wilson ahead of the 2014 NAB AFL draft.
"Both Blayne and Adam are fine young men and have been valued members of our squad over the past few years," Essendon football manager Craig Vozzo said.
"We thank them for their efforts and wish them every success in the future."
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Former West Coast captain and four-time All Australian defender Darren Glass has joined Adelaide's coaching panel on a part-time basis.
He'll spend the bulk of his time in Adelaide during the pre-season but will remain based in Perth, albeit on-call, during the winter months.
The premiership player, who skippered the Eagles in 129 games, played under Adelaide's new senior coach Phil Walsh while he was an assistant at the Eagles from 2009-20013.
"I have admired the Crows from afar for many years and there is no doubt they have a talented playing list," Glass said.
"It is also a successful organisation and I can't wait to get across to Adelaide and meet everyone.
"I'm excited about stepping into a new football environment with such a strong focus on team work."
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Dean Cox has signed with West Coast as the club's ruck coach for 2015.
"I'm really excited at moving into the next chapter of my life," Cox said.
"I'm looking forward to learning from the great coaches we have at football club and working closely with Nic, Cal and Scotty."
Friday, 3 October 2014
Eric Mackenzie wins his first John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's best and fairest for the 2014 season.
Mackenzie topped the count with 201 votes, 11 votes clear of Brownlow medallist Matthew Priddis.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Dean Cox suspects at least 10 Eagles players experimented with drugs during the club's infamous fall from grace last decade.
"That's why it took so long to get all the players back on board," Cox said at the launch of his autobiography 'Iron Eagle'.
"The majority of the players were down one way, and there were a few down another path.
"We were there for team success, and you can't do it while doing a number of things the player group were going through.
"Throughout '06 and '07 there became a real issue where things were privately done.
"Everyone was so stuck to themselves. And then from there it really came to a head where things were really affecting the football club."
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
West Coast delist utility Ashley Smith and defender Jacob Brennan.
"Jacob and Ashley have been valuable members of our squad for the last few years," Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"It is not pleasant releasing people of this calibre, but it is something that has to occur.
"I would like to thank Jacob and Ashley for their contributions to the club and wish them every success for the future."
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Dean Cox has completely dismissed the possibility of being lured out of retirement and has stated his intention to coach in 2015.
"I won't be playing next year, any form of football," Cox said.
"The body will have a good rest and I'll just be coaching – I'll dive straight into that now.
"If it's at West Coast, great. If not, I might have to move."
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Newly crowned Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis has revealed the worry of feeling like an unworthy winner of the game's highest individual honour left him on edge in the days leading up to his surprise win.
"I had a few conversations with my wife throughout the week and, she would probably attest to it, my moods had been pretty bad at home because I was bit nervy going to the night," Priddis said.
"It was just the thought of being a bit embarrassed about the whole thing."
Monday, 22 September 2014
The AFL and the Reach Foundation have announced West Coast defender Beau Waters as the winner of the 2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.
"Beau's long-standing and ongoing work with a number of community and charitable organisations stood out to the selection panel," AFL chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan said.
"Through his role as an ambassador for the Cancer Council WA over the past decade, Beau has been the catalyst for the West Coast Eagles raising almost $1 million dollars for cancer research."
Matt Priddis has won the 2014 Brownlow Medal, capping a fairytale story of persistence for the former mature-age rookie who was overlooked in four drafts.
Priddis, who missed selection in the 2014 All Australian team, polled 26 votes and had the medal secured after 22 rounds, polling two votes in the final round to overtake ineligible Fremantle star Nat Fyfe.
Fyfe, who was suspended twice through the season, polled 25 votes and led the vote tally between rounds 20 and 22.
He polled votes in 13 games to edge out Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak and Adelaide star Patrick Dangerfield, who entered the final round as medal chances on 21 votes each, but failed to poll.
"This doesn't sit too well with me, I'm a pretty shy kind of guy," Priddis said.
"I don't see myself with the likes of some of the Brownlow medallists of the past, so it's a little bit daunting, but something I'm obviously very proud of.
"My family have been absolutely super … I would not be standing here without their love and support. They've been absolutely amazing."
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Beau Waters is on track to return to senior football in 2015 after enduring a horror run with injury.
The 2012 All Australian hasn't played since round 15, 2013 after complications following a reconstruction to his right shoulder last year.
"He's finishing the back end of his recovery plan for the shoulder," Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"I suspect he'll be back into full competitive training by late this year or early next year. But fitness, aerobic wise and strength wise he's tracking really well."
Thursday, 4 September 2014
West Coast has confirmed a contract extensions for first-year coach Adam Simpson.
After initially signing a two-year deal with the option of a third when he was appointed in September last year, Simpson has added the one-year extension that will see him through until the end of 2016.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
After eviving his career with West Coast this season, small defender Jamie Bennell has agreed to terms that will tie him to the club for the next two seasons.
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Nic Naitanui describes his 2014 season as "pretty tough" but is excited about the prospect of his first uninterrupted pre-season in two years.
"For myself, as long as you're meeting your goals internally you don't really worry about the outside influence," Naitanui said.
"I guess consistency is a little thing that was touched on a bit and just getting my body right.
"I'm really looking forward to this pre-season coming up."
Thursday, 28 August 2014
West Coast utility Patrick McGinnity and developing ruckman Fraser McInnes have both re-signed with the Eagles for 2015.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
West Coast appears set to retain the services of troubled youngster Murray Newman next season although it is unlikely he will participate in the remainder of the club's 2014 campaign.
Monday, 25 August 2014
Murray Newman is granted parole on his one-year prison sentence for fracturing the jaw of a man who had sex with his girlfriend.
The Prisoners Review Board noted that Newman had seen a psychologist before he was locked up and intended to continue treatment after his release.
The board said that showed a willingness to address his problems. The board also noted that Newman had participated in voluntary programs while in custody, had a limited criminal history, and had employment and accommodation.
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Eagles coach Adam Simpson is wary of rival clubs poaching retiring ruckman Dean Cox as a ruck coach next season.
"I've got no doubt there's clubs that are talking to him about probably playing as well as coaching," Simpson said.
"That's a decision he's got to work through but we're hoping he stays in the family.
"We'd love to (keep him). We'll work through that in the next few weeks about a role. Hopefully it's full-time and with us."
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Xavier Ellis is set to continue his career with West Coast in 2015 after activating a trigger clause in his contract.
The Eagles say he would have been offered a new contract regardless, given the positive impact the 26-year-old has made on the club in his first season since crossing from Hawthorn as a free agent.
"It feels like he has played [at the club] for his entire career," Eagles football operations general manager Craig Vozzo said.
"Irrespective of the trigger he would have been offered a contract. We are delighted with having him at our club and look forward to what he will bring moving forward."
Monday, 18 August 2014
Andrew Gaff signs a new deal with West Coast.
"It's an exciting time at the footy club and I want to be a part of what we can see on the horizon," Gaff told the Eagles website.
"We have had a lot of senior players retire in the last two seasons, so the onus is on the young guys to take the club back into finals where we can have an impact."
Jack Darling signs what is believed to be a lucrative two-year deal with the Eagles.
"I am really confident we can build on what we have achieved this year," Darling said.
"There is no doubt that as a team we have improved and we are a young playing group that is looking to have a big impact on the competition."
Scott Lycett resists the lure of a return to South Australia by signing a four-year contract extension with the Eagles.
"I have really enjoyed the opportunity to learn some of the finer points of ruck work from Nic (Naitanui) and Coxy," Lycett said.
"I have said that for a long time, that it has been a unique situation to learn from two of the game's best and I feel privileged to be in that position."
Sunday, 17 August 2014
After being subbed out of the Swans' win over the Saints due to hamstring tightness, Josh Kennedy has been cleared of any serious hamstring injury and is unlikely to miss more than one AFL game.
"His hamstring is tight, he's got a little bit of fluid on the outside of his hamstring but there's no tear in there, so that's a really good sign," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"It would be fair to say we're not going to put him at risk this week. If he's not any good at the back end of the week, he won't play.
"If he doesn't play this week, it will only be one week."
Friday, 15 August 2014
Shannon Hurn is emerging as a leading candidate to take over the West Coast captaincy permanently given the way his teammates and coach speak of his leadership.
The 26-year-old defender reaches a significant milestone on Saturday when he plays his 150th match, against Essendon at Etihad Stadium.
"I don't want him getting ahead of himself with his footy smarts but he's very confident in his own ability," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He understands the game and reads the play well. I've spoken a couple of times about how I want the players to identify situations game-day and how we can change things and (how) they can change (things) themselves.
"And he's leading that. Our backs in general have been pretty good in the last month at identifying different cues and reading different situations. So he's at the front of that at the moment."
Thursday, 14 August 2014
In his eleventh year as an AFL player, West Coast defender Sam Butler says he's not going anywhere.
Butler has battled a raft of injuries over the journey, restricted to just 117 games but having found consistency in the past couple of years, he believes he's got more to offer.
"The club's been so fantastic to me and they could have got rid of me many times throughout my career I'm sure," Butler said.
"But they stuck by me and I'm still hanging around and still really enjoying it. I love West Coast, I love the club."
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Brant Colledge has re-signed with West Coast for a further two years.
"It's good to get something like that (re-signing) out of the way, so that I can concentrate on my footy, especially coming into WAFL finals," Colledge said.
The Eagles have high hopes for Colledge despite the 19-year-old's injury issues over his first two seasons at West Coast. He played two matches earlier this season after some impressive form in the NAB Challenge.
"Obviously the start of the year was good for me and I got my opportunity to play my first game against St Kilda, which was amazing. I had a few injuries through the middle of the year, but back into it now and hopefully I can get back into the AFL team, and East Perth finals are coming up as well."
Mark Hutchings has re-signed with West Coast for a further two years.
"I am very happy to be part of the club I supported all of my life for another two years," Hutchings said.
"The last couple of years, being part of the club, have been the best time of my life.
"The (run-with) role has been challenging, but it's something I have enjoyed, learning a bit more each time I play against some of the best players in the competition. It's good to test yourself against the best players."
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Xavier Ellis could miss multiple weeks with a shoulder injury following a heavy fall in a marking contest in the first-quarter of Sunday's win over Collingwood.
Ellis was running back with the flight of the ball when he attempted to spoil a marking contest deep in the Magpies' forward line.
His right shoulder hit the ground and he had to be helped from the field, grimacing in pain before being subbed out of the game.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Port Adelaide skipper Travis Boak is one of four players named as finalists for the 2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.
Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson, Geelong midfielder Mathew Stokes and West Coast defender Beau Waters were also selected as finalists after being nominated for the award by their respective clubs.
Boak's work with the Childhood Cancer Association to raise awareness and funds earned him his nomination, while Simpson, an ambassador for Down Syndrome Victoria, has helped raise more than $30,000 for the organisation.
As the first Aboriginal player to be in Geelong's leadership group, Stokes was selected for his tireless work with the local and national indigenous community to promote a number of Aboriginal health initiatives.
Waters has been involved in a number of organisations over the past decade, including Cancer Council WA, where he is an ambassador, and has been the catalyst for the Eagles raising almost $1million for cancer research.
Monday, 4 August 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is keen to give Dean Cox a fitting farewell despite the veteran ruckman still recovering from concussion with only a few weeks remaining in the season.
"I think he's earned the right to play another few games for the rest of the year. I have no problems with bringing him into play," Simpson said.
"He's obviously a sensational player and he's taken the hit for the team really in retiring. It's something that he's acknowledged and I think we need to do it in the right way."